What are those floaty things in your eye?

Have you ever noticed something swimming in your field of vision?

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may look like a tiny worm or a transparent blob, and whenever you try to get a closer look, it disappears, only to reappear as soon as you shift your glance.

But don’t go rinsing out your eyes! What you are seeing is a common phenomenon known as a floater.